a fighting for now, but glimmers of hope syria's ceasefire will happen coming up in the next half hour, yemen's embattled government urges action against the hezbollah. north korea with more sanctions for its latest nuclear test. >> reporter: i'm in l.a. wherefor get big business. the hackers are now heading for
hollywood. how can the entertainment industry really keep them out the u.n. says it is trying to crackdown 21 tons of aid which it tried to air drop to syrian civilians in der azzor when they attempted to drop pallets from the air after aid trucks were not able to reach the town last week because it is surrounded by i.s.i.l.-controlled territory. there's more positive news on the diplomatic front ahead of a pause due to start on saturday. rebels groups negotiations have begin and the main group the nhc has suggested it will accept the deal for two weeks. meanwhile syrian kurdish fighters, the y.p.g., say they will also abide by the cessation of hostilities. al jazeera's diplomatic editor james bays reports from new york
>> reporter: at the security council there was stinging criticism of syrian regime. the u.n. humanitarian chief told ambassadors the government had delayed aid deliveries to a town and blocked until now assistance to another area. >> the number, scope and complexity of bureaucratic and other object stab ems is you a place in a path of simple aid deliveries are stagger yerg >> reporter: he had-- staggering >> earlier this morning a wfp plane dropped the first cargo of 21 tons of items in the area. >> reporter: the world food program later released a statement saying there had been technical difficulties and they would try the air drop in a few days. it's not clear if any aid reached those in need. the issue of aid dlirys is-- deliveries is important obviously to get supplies to those in december plate need to
those in syria, but also it is important to start the political process. the other part of the plan is cessation of hostilities due to start on saturday. will there be any sort of resolution to mark the cessation of hostilities? >> watch this space >> reporter: neither parties would discuss details. the plan now is to hold a meeting of the security council on friday. they would then vote on a resolution to endorse the cessation of hostilities just hours before it's supposed to start. james bays our correspondent joins us live from southern turkey. how much confidence is there on the ground that this ceasefire is going to hold amid all the
issues and concerns? we seem to have lost our connection there. awe will come back to him in a little bit though. we go to another hot spot. yemen's government has accused a group hezbollah of training houthi fighters and says they will complain to the u.n. they had a video which shows a hepz operative inside yemen. it is fighting houthis across the country. both iran and hezbollah support the houthis but reject accusations they provided military aid. the television has been showing an adviser telling houthi rebels how to carry out an attack. it is said the training took place inside yemen but did not say where >> translation: we have a unique operation. i just told you what you have to do. don't ask about the details. just carry out the attack. it is up to me to tell you what to do and how to do it the latest gulf countries to
issue a warning a travel to lebanon, saudi arabia has advised its citizens to leave the country. last week it decided to withdrew aid from beirut. it accuses lebanon being influenced by the hezbollah group. it says lebanon has not supported it enough against iran. despite this the lebanese prime minister says he supports saudi. our correspondent is in beirut >> reporter: it really breaks down sectarian lines. you have sunni politicians that have urged saudi arabia to reconsider its decision. not just in trying to recall citizens from lebanon or urging them not to travel here, but also in trying to get saudi arabia to reconsider the decision to no longer fund the military here when it comes to that arms deem. then you have politicians that
are aligned with hezbollah who continue to support iran and hezbollah, and have been critical of what the saudis are doing here in last few days. when it comes to the average lebanese citizen, what you hear is a lot of frustration, a lot of people feel they're really caught. they say the government has come to a complete stand still. this country has gone without a president, for example, for two years because of the political grid lock which is due to the process is tied on one end to iran and on another end to saudi arabia. it makes it very difficult to have issues going on here. these are decisions having the g.c.c. countries trying to pull their citizens to lebanon and urging them not to go. this will have a bad effect on lebanon which is a country not doing well by any standard. they're also concerned because of syrian civil war continues to spill over into lebanon. they're worried this will have a
much more bad effect on lebanon in the months to come. they're hoping that something can be resolved and that they can really get a more prosperous and more secure country which is something the citizens continue to call for back to syria now where a ceasefire is supposed to kick in on saturday. our correspondent joins us live. a loot of issues with this ceasefire deal. i.s.i.l., the turkish position on the y.p.g., how much confidence is there that it will actually hold when you talk to people on the ground. >> reporter: the voices that we have been hearing over the past couple of days from inside syria aren't that optimistic to say the least. we have got some video from people from in and around aleppo over the past 24 hours where they were asked how hopeful they were that this ceasefire or the cessation of hostilities, as it has been called, is going to
hold. they were not, like i say, very optimistic. there are numerous reasons behind this, from the fact that these are people who have been besieged, bombarded from the skies by barrel bombs russian air forces for months and, in fact, years in some cases. there is aid, there isn't any aid been reaching and now that we've seen this latest air drop, even that is not guaranteed but also because there are main groups like al-nusra front particularly in and around aleppo which is the more of the significant factions that is not included in this. more importantly the text of this agreement itself has an annex which claims that sides could use force but only in self-defence which begs the question, then, what exactly is this ceasefire about. all of this is leading to some scepticism or pessimism amongst many people on the ground inside syria as you were talking there a moment ago, we saw some pictures from tuesday of aid trucks.
now that some aid is getting in, how much optimism is there, perhaps, from people that the situation, humanitarian situation, is about to change? >> reporter: it's important to note that despite these convoys of trucks that we see on the screen and these air drops and stuff, this is jou a drop in the ocean as to what is required, what people have to picture here is dozens of towns and cities that have been bombarded day in and day out that have been besieged. so you're talking about no electricity, water, too food or medication and children's supplies. these are things that have not been able to reach to many areas. when they have reached into those areas, in some respects they've either been taken over by i.s.i.l. or not distributed properly because at the end of the day nobody controls the ground. yes, the skies are are controlled by russia and the
bashar al-assad regime over syria, but on the ground to ensure that this aid reaches these places and these people in a safe way, and it is distributed properly, there still isn't a mechanism to do that, at least in the more dangerous areas. that's why the ceasefire is so important for it to work from a humanitarian perspective because that's the only kind of glimmer of hope that there is, that then if sp something on could be built upon that to allow for some sort of humanitarian corridor or prolonged cessation of fire would allow for aid agencies, united nation, to actually reach the other side of that border thank you for that. the u.s. and china have agreed on draft resolution that would expand u.n. sanctions against north korea. the professional will be put to the u.n. security council on thursday no response to pyongyang's test and rocket
launch early in january. for more now we join harry fawcett. what are the u.s. and south korea pushing for when it comes to the sanctions resolution? >> reporter: diplomats in new york, including south korean diplomats have been working on this for the last seven weeks since the test in january carried out by north korea and in the meantime there was the rocket launch in february as well. john kerry, the u.s. secretary of state, is saying that these measures will go beyond anything done before in terms of sanctions against north korea. there is no official word on what the measures might be, but there is some reporting here in south korea by the semiofficial news agency suggesting that some entities inside north korea will be black listed, among them the ministry of atomic energy industry and the national air owe space organization which was
responsible for that satellite rocket launch tlsh missile test, call it what you will, at the beginning of february. some reporting that the u.s. is pushing for limits at least to np north korean shipping and the north korean access to ports around the world as well. there is a question as to exactly how effective all of this can be. the last nuclear test which happened in 2013, there were sanctions after that which explicitly had measures to freeze any financial transactions linked to the missile program or the nuclear weapons program inside north korea. three years later we know what has happened since. north korea has become very adept at getting around sanctions and it places a huge premium on its nuclear weapons program. it is a central part of the policy of the president and so it's something that they're really not willing to - if they are not willing-- they are willing to make sacrifices to
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dropped in syria. a ceasefire is expected to start on saturday. yemen's government has accused the lebanese group hezbollah of training houthi fighters. it says it will complain to the u.n. their evidence is a video released by saudi arabia's military. the u.s. and china have agreed on a draft resolution which would ex-expand the u.n.'s sanctions against north korea in relation to a rocket launch. egypt's president says unfair comments. he said not to listen to anyone but him and offered an unusual solution to the country's economic problems. >> translation: let me say something quite difficult. it is difficult to say that, but let me be clear. by god almighty if i could
paracel myself to benefit this nation i would have done it. we are a nation of 90 million. if only ten million of us wake up every day and donate one egyptian pound for the sake of this homeland that's 10 million pounds a day. egypt is a great country. it can do anything. if you truly love egypt i'm telling you, listen to my words only. only mine i say his offer to paracel him didn't have the results. the sale of a used field marshall in decent condition was created. bids past 100,000 before the page was removed. while others poked fun at his comments on twitter and facebook. one tweeted: the future of a sanctions free
iran is one of the top issues of voters minds as the country prepares for elections in friday. for the first time two elections are being held at the same time. >> reporter: campaigning is now over and for iranians preparing to vote the main issue is the ailing economy and how much it could be transformed with the lifting of sanctions. the impact they've had could be seen by anyone landing in tehran. it can resemble an aircraft system with some airliners more than 30 years old. straight out the nuclear deal came an order for 118 airbus planes including a dozen a 380 double decker aircraft. many want to see the color of the money coming into the country. this millionaire investment banker says the scope is mass ich >> we have the largest market in the region.
it is totally diversified industry. well educated people, natural resources and the market for consuming. beside that, the market untapped for around 10 years. >> reporter: oil is the bed rock of the economy, but iran wants to reduce reliance on it. investment areas include the car industry and a host of other lines of manufacturing. while the investment potential is big, will there be new jobs and better wages. these are the questions of voters and with a banking system that needs reform appeared bail outs, people want to know when they will see improvements, when they can afford to indulge again in iran's vast retail sector. international sanctions had a limited effect on the rich while the poor became poorer. now conservatives and hard liners have always been able to rely on support from lower income families.
if their living conditions improve, then could that be changing. the answer is it could do because moderate president is responsible for sanctions being lifted, but there's a question of timing. >> i think because of the lack of relations between iran and international community, there is a lack of confidence and a lack of knowing each other. to get get to know each other more, to get familiar with iranian business we need more time. >> reporter: so it could be too soon for some voters to be convinced, despite what appears to be increasing support for moderates and reformists, it may not be enough to see defeat for hard liners and conservatives there is also an election on friday in ireland and the economy is a big issue there too.
our correspondent reports from dublin >> reporter: when island goes to the polls on friday, this woman and her family will be evicted from this government paid hostel. they don't know where they will be housed next. during the financial crisis house buildings stopped and rents soared leaving hundreds of low income families homeless. this is the flip side of ireland's economic recover >> you couldn't find property that was affordable for us and the three children. it was different between paying the rent or feeding the kids because we didn't have enough money atto do both >> reporter: this is the recovery those in power want you to see. here the sun shines on the irish economy. building works stalled during the financial crisis has started again. the country has been a poster child for what financial austerity can achieve >> there's no doubt recovery are taking place.
the losers are those who are at the bottom of the income distribution with low levels of scales >> reporter: the outgoing coalition government and prime minister are hoping for re-election. the fine gael believe the campaign is down to them. if they win a line share of the vote in back to back elections for the first time since irish independence. a lot of growth has come off the back of the improvements in irish economy. it says the change in island's fortune isn't filtering down to the rest of society. many are calling for deep-seated reforms too. what would you say to your krit six sayings that the recovery story is the not filtering down? >> that's true. that's why we need a second term to complete the job.
you can't build up in that short time >> reporter: in the last five years the coalition governments made big cuts to welfare, education, health care and policing. the people have accepted it. on voting day the government that has brought both pain and prosperity may find itselfs punished in the polls the u.n. secretary januarying ban ki-moon is due to arrive in south sudan in the next few hours. it comes a week after 19 people were killed in a town where thousands of people are sheltering under protection from the u.n. a peace deal is in place after a two-year civil war. students are continuing to protest on campuses across south africa. they were calling for fre education but now the issue of language has come under the spotlight. more from the education of the free state. >> reporter: black and white students clash at a university
rugby match. black students say they were protesting peacefully demanding improved working conditions for campus staff. they say white students and their parents attacked them. spectators say they were defending themselves >> it turned violently immediately. the protesters were pushing our people against the gates and hitting them and kicking them. they were threatening one guy. it just turned very violent very quickly. >> reporter: the university of free state is traditionally white. tensions have been simmering over what black students say is a lack of transformation. they demonstrated their an gear by burning a statue still on the campus. they say it was an attack on their cultural heritage. >> i feel that the institution itself is not in transformation. i feel that the students, black
students, are treated as subhuman in this institution t it is like that due to the way. >> reporter: protests along racial lines have continued over the university. this man said he came to restore peace but was quickly chased off the grounds. many here say the latest racial clashes highlight long standing tensions. >> reporter: classes at this university are conducted in dplish and africans both regarded as white languages. black students want to be taught in their mother tongues. a change in language policies will take time. meanwhile all classes have been suspended and white students pitted against black, both defending what they say are their rights a number of people killed by cyclone winston in fiji has risen to 44.
more than 35,000 remain in evacuation centers. the government will need more aid. supplies are being delivered, but the scale of damage to infrastructure is making it difficult to reach more remote islands. there have been people killed, three people killed in the u.s. following violent storms there. homes and businesses across the states of louisian, mississipii and florida. the man in charge of tech giant appear emis defending his company's resistance to help the f.b.i. to hack into an iphone. he said it will present a precedent. the f.b.i. says it needs to get
into this phone >> this case is not about my phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of people of customers vulnerable around the world, including the u.s. we think it is bad news to write. we have never written it. that is what is at stake here a top hacker says hollywood hasn't got a clue. criminals are attention their attention to the studios. >> reporter: this man actor and this is the director and the man who he has hired to keep his film away from prying eyes
>> this industry doesn't know >> reporter: he is a hacker turned detector one of a new breed called digital bodyguards. >> they still have this idea of the film is in the can as if it were a physical thing. it's not. from the moment that you're capturing this film, it is a file and it gets duplicated and multiplied throughout this process. >> reporter: hacking is big business. just ask sony about that. remember 2014. cyber criminals breached its systems. they stole terra bites of data and it cost the firm millions of dollars. >> reporter: five out of every six large businesses here in the u.s. have fallen victim to some form of siber attack at one point. this is up 40%. it is getting worse not better. hollywood is a major target for these hackers. in previous years the studios
could control who saw what and when they saw it. everything was on film and more linear. nowadays you have so many people involved in that process and they're all accessing networks and files using their own phones and tablets and in some cases their own lap tops. you can see how keeping them out is almost impossible. >> reporter: phillip leberman is a top cyber crime expert. he knows where those week points are >> you have talent which might go to the store and by an iphone and might set the password to their dog's name and do an interview with their dog and talking about their dog's name and people figure out how to get things off their system. >> reporter: it is all about damage limitation. >> there's no such thing as 100% security in technology. there never will be. it is a matter of verifying a potential threat early enough so it doesn't have a huge impact
>> reporter: the hackers are in hollywood, metaphorically at least. there may be no happy ending in sight here you will find more about all of those stories if you head over to our website at aljazeera.com people lied and didn't do their jobs, makes me sick. >> are you sorry that the people of flint don't have fresh drinking water? >> i am concerned. >> it's so frustrating you just don't know what to do. >> thank you for joining us for this special edition of "america tonight." i'm al jazeera. lori jane gliha.